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Eugene Laverty takes the double on Sykes' dream day
Jerez (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013 - The eni FIM Superbike World Championship season drew to a close today after the last race of a spectacular year. Many riders were in the spotlight in Spain but above them all was Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who achieved a historical milestone for both himself and the Japanese manufacturer. The British rider grabbed his first-ever World Superbike title today and completed an outstanding record of 8 Tissot-Superpoles and 9 race wins with his 17th podium finish of the year, a second place in Race 2 behind Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team).
The Irishman battled out with Sykes throughout the first half of the race, eventually overtaking the Brit at the of the thirteenth lap and pulling away, to claim his second double-win of the season and the ninth race victory - same number of wins as the new Champion. Other works Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) completed again the podium by crossing the line a lonely third, ahead of Toni Elias (Red Devils Aprilia), Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) and Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki).
Lorenzo Lanzi (Mesaroli A.S. Ducati) finished his weekend on a positive note as he ended up 7th, followed by Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki), Mark Aitchison (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia). Local Xavi Forés (Team Ducati Alstare) crashed out of Turn 1 right after the start of the race, due to a collision with another rider, while Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet) did not line up on the grid due to the injured ankle that bothered him also in the first race.
Tom Sykes: "Words cannot describe how I feel. I am very level headed but since Magny-Cours there are moments where my mind started dreaming. When I was dreaming I had goose bumps and it was magical to even dream I could be world champion. But that was maybe 2% of what I am feeling now after winning the title. It was good for the championship that it got decided at the final round again, especially here with these great fans. My team is mostly Spanish so it is a home round for them. The championship win has not fully sunk in yet but it will do soon, I'm sure."
Eugene Laverty: "Two wins that came in different ways, as the second one was kind of easier because I was able to pull away from Tom once I got passed him. I'm happy with this double-win that extended our podium streak in the final part of the season. It's a shame that we lost some points early on in the year, but I'm not the type of guy who likes to make excuses. Second place overall is a great result, as well as the Manufacturers' title."
Results: 1. Laverty (Aprilia) 21 Laps/92.820 km in 36'05.989 average 154.272 kph; 2. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2.711; 3. Guintoli (Aprilia) 5.710; 4. Elias (Aprilia) 15.509; 5. Davies (BMW) 21.830; 6. Camier (Suzuki) 26.558; 7. Lanzi (Ducati) 30.840; 8. Cluzel (Suzuki) 33.056; 9. Aitchison (Kawasaki) 36.299; 10. Giugliano (Aprilia) 40.867; 11. Neukirchner (Ducati) 44.308; 12. Parkes (Yamaha) 52.483; 13. Barrier (BMW) 53.674; 14. Fabrizio (Honda) 1'20.316; 15. Sandi (Kawasaki) 3 Laps; RT. Haslam (Honda); RT. Badovini (Ducati); RT. Fores (Ducati); RT. Iannuzzo (BMW); NS. Melandri (BMW).
Final Standings: 1. Sykes 447; 2. Laverty 424; 3. Guintoli 402; 4. Melandri 359; 5. Davies 290; 6. Giugliano 211; 7. Fabrizio 188; 8. Baz 180; 9. Rea 176; 10. Cluzel 175; 11. Camier 132; 12. Badovini 130; 13. Haslam 91; 14. Neukirchner 91; 15. Checa 80; 16. Elias 70; 17. Sandi 55; 18. Aitchison 46; 19. Iannuzzo 27; 20. Lanzi 23; 21. Salom 22; 22. Clementi 18; 23. Philippe 13; 24. Canepa 12; 25. Lai 11; 26. Pirro 10; 27. Lundh 10; 28. Hayden 8; 29. Young 8; 30. Fores 7; 31. Barrier 7; 32. Reiterberger 7; 33. Allerton 6; 34. Uprak 5; 35. Parkes 4; 36. Smrz 4; 37. Stauffer 4; 38. Ercelik 3; 39. Eslick 2; 40. Akiyoshi 2; 41. Haga 2. Manufacturers: Aprilia 550; 2. Kawasaki 501; 3. BMW 443; 4. Suzuki 243; 5. Honda 236; 6. Ducati 185; 7. Yamaha 8.
Alfa Romeo and WSBK extend partnership for three years
Jerez (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013 - Alfa Romeo and Dorna WSBK Organization announce the renewal of the Superbike World Championship sponsorship agreement for the next three years. The announcement was made today in the last Round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship.
Alfa Romeo is crossing the finish line of the seventh year in a row of partnership with the current season. The brand has in fact taken part in the motorcycling event since 2007 as Top Sponsor and Official Safety Car, sharing the same values of sportsmanship, technology and safety at the highest levels.
The three-year renewal confirms the affinities between the two brands and their respective worlds: in the same way that bikes in World Superbike are production-based, but deliver high performance on track, Alfa Romeo's cars are ideal for everyday use in the city, but can deliver thrilling performance that are an essential part of the sports soul of the brand.
The sponsorship agreement stipulates customisation of the circuits involved in the forthcoming SBK World Championships with Alfa Romeo badges and will see the powerful Quadrifoglio Verde versions of the MiTo and Giulietta in the role of Official Safety Car. These models have assumed a place in the tradition of the best Alfa Romeos, drawing on the heritage of dynamic performance, without compromising on efficiency and convenience in everyday use.
Alfa Romeo will be on the track during the warm up lap and before each race, including the other WSBK classes.
The partnership also allows Alfa Romeo to organise exciting web contests, offering Superbike World Championship races tickets as the prize, in addition to an incredible ?brand experience' marked by the values that authentically distinguish the brand: performance, Italian style and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in complete safety.
Just as happened last July at the Moscow Raceway during the eighth Round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2013, when the announcement of Alfa Romeo's return to the Russian market as direct importer - through the Chrysler Jeep Russia National Sales Company - was made. The event marked the debut of the Alfa Romeo 4C compact supercar as WSBK Official Safety car, together with the models already present with the role, MiTo SBK and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde.
Two difficult races for Giugliano at Jerez
The fourteenth and final round of the world Superbike championship came to a close at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera today. In both qualifying sessions, which he completed in first position, and in the Superpole, where Giugliano closed in third place scoring a front row start, the Althea rider demonstrated all of his, and his team's, competitiveness. Unfortunately though, in the first race a probable electronic problem prevented Davide from riding his RSV4 as he wanted to and sticking with the frontrunners. Despite this setback, Giugliano completed the race in a respectable sixth position. Things didn't go any better in race two, where Davide only took a tenth place finish, again due to a bike that was difficult to ride, he was unable to make the most of his RSV4's power. A championship finale that did not match up to what the team and rider have demonstrated in recent rounds. Giugliano concludes the season in sixth place in the standings, the first privateer, with 211 points.
Genesio Bevilacqua: "The races didn't match our expectations, especially after we did so well in the practice sessions. Our technicians are still trying to see what prevented Davide from riding as he wanted and as he has proved he is able to. The rear tyre moved around when Giugliano opened the throttle and this caused tyre wear. But, aside from the results, I can say that the weekend's work proved to be positive. After a few difficulties at the start, our team demonstrated that it can consistently compete at high levels, while Davide can now consider himself a top five rider, who deserves everyone's attention".
Davide Giugliano: "Today didn't go well at all and we are very disappointed, after having done so well all weekend. Having been in the top three we certainly didn't expect to do two races like this today. I was sliding all over the track and couldn't harness the power of my bike. My technicians are trying to understand what happened. A real shame and neither me nor my team deserved these results today. I'm sorry because I wanted to finish the season more positively, perhaps with two results that I could dedicate to my fans, sponsors and team that has worked so hard all season."
Pata Honda looks ahead to SBK 2014
It was a disappointing end to the 2013 World Superbike championship season for Pata Honda at Jerez today with riders Michel Fabrizio and Leon Haslam struggling with grip and electronics issues.
Fabrizio took a points-scoring finish in race two but Haslam was forced to retire from both 21-lap outings at the 4.423km Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Both races were won by Eugene Laverty but Tom Sykes, by finishing third in race one, secured the 2013 World Superbike championship title.
The Pata Honda team will re-group on Tuesday for a private test at Jerez when regular rider Jonathan Rea is expected to return from injury and the preparation work for the 2014 World Superbike championship season will begin.
We have had grip level problems all weekend and the disappointing thing is that we were not able to find a solution. This resulted in two very difficult races for me and I am sad that I had to finish the season in this way. I have enjoyed the opportunity to ride the CBR with this team and I wish Jonathan a happy return to the bike on Tuesday.
It's difficult to know what to say, really. It's been an unbelievably disappointing way to finish what has been a really difficult season. I'm glad to see the back of it to be honest and we'll try to analyse what happened this weekend so that we can plan to get things in place for 2014.
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
It has not been a good weekend. Grip levels were low and we know that in these conditions we normally struggle more than our rivals. This time round our performance kind of dropped off a cliff - we weren't able to fight for anything and all we could do was gather some information. We'll be testing on Tuesday and it will be interesting to hear Jonathan's view. We have work to do for next season for sure.
EXTRAORDINARY WIN FOR EUGENE LAVERTY IN RACE1 AT JEREZ WITH A DRAMATIC PASS IN THE LAST TURN.
25 POINTS THAT CONSECRATE APRILIA AS 2013 SUPERBIKE MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPION.
A DROP IN PHYSICAL FITNESS DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE RACE KEPT SYLVAIN GUINTOLI FROM ATTACKING THE PODIUM.
Jerez, 20 October 2013 - With the peremptory win in Race1 at Jerez Eugene Laverty secured the 2013 Superbike Manufacturer World Championship title for Aprilia. This is the fifth World Championship title for the Italian brand in the last four years of WSBK and the second consecutive Manufacturer title.
The Spanish race was a battle between Laverty out front, starting from pole position, and Melandri, clearly the fastest two from the first lap. Eugene controller the race until two laps from the end when a decisive overtake by Melandri, hard on the brakes, forced them both to go wide, changing places when re-entering the track. Laverty closed the gap aggressively before astonishing fans by overtaking in the last turn. For the Northern Irish rider this is the eighth win of the season.
Eugene Laverty: "The pass in the last lap was one of my best ones. I knew I had to try on that turn but I only had a fraction of a second to decide on the move. I would have been disappointed to finish second after leading the whole race basically from the beginning. Marco overtook me quite aggressively and we both went wide, but there isn't any problem because we cleared the air straight away. My compliments to Tom Sykes and his team. They ran an excellent race and they deserve the Rider Title".
Sylvain Guintoli: "The important thing for me this race was to secure third place in the Championship and I managed to do that. I wanted to try and attack Tom but at the halfway point I started to get tired and my shoulder began to weaken so I wasn't able to ride at my best. In any case this was a great season for Aprilia. Eugene and I showed that the RSV4 is the strongest bike on the starting grid. We made up for each other. When he had some difficulties I earned important points and vice versa. I have no regrets. To the contrary, I value the experience I gained this season which will be very important in 2014".
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager: "The Manufacturer title is an important affirmation which is the merit of a perfect team and two riders who had an extraordinary season. It is rare to have two such important talents in the garage in the same season. Laverty and Guintoli have been in the battle for the world title since the first round. With one race still left to go Laverty's 8 wins are proof that he has added sports experience and consistent results to his natural speed. Guintoli led the championship for most of the season thanks to consistently exceptional performance and we thank them for the Manufacturer title that we won today".
DOUBLE WIN FOR EUGENE LAVERTY WHO DOMINATES AT JEREZ IN THE FINAL ROUND OF THE 2013 WSBK SEASON.
APRILIA IS MANUFACTURER WORLD CHAMPION FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, A TESTAMENT TO THE POWER OF THE RSV4.
APRILIA WINS THE BRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BY A WIDE MARGIN WITH 550 POINTS OVER KAWASAKI'S 501, 443 FOR BMW, 243 FOR SUZUKI, 236 FOR HONDA, 185 FOR DUCATI AND 8 FOR YAMAHA.
LAVERTY IS SECOND AND GUINTOLI (ON THE PODIUM IN RACE 2) IS THIRD IN THE RIDER STANDINGS.
THIS MAKES 52 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES NOW FOR APRILIA, 5 IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS OF WSBK.
Jerez, 20 October 2013 - Eugene Laverty and the Aprilia RSV4 dominated in the last round of the 2013 World SBK season.
In Race 1 Laverty got the best of Marco Melandri with an extraordinary pass on the outside in the last turn after having led the entire race until two laps from the end when the Italian overtook him. It looked like it was all over but Laverty dug deep and found the winning move - and the most difficult line - right at the turn that comes out onto the final straight stretch. His final flight to victory was exhilarating.
In the second race Laverty followed Sykes who tried to pull the pin straight away, keeping him in check from behind and always demonstrating great confidence in his skills and the strength of his RSV4. Eight laps from the finish he made the decisive attack and then pulled away to win his ninth race of the season by a decent margin.
Eugene Laverty: "Those were two very different wins today. The second one was definitely easier because I was able to create a gap in front of Tom after overtaking, whereas in Race 1 the battle took place all within a few metres. I'm quite pleased with this double win. It's a result that confirms our potential along with the string of podiums at the end of the season. It's a shame we lost some important points at the beginning of the year, but I don't like to whinge or make excuses. In any case finishing second in the rider championship with more wins than the rest is an excellent result and so is the Manufacturer Title for Aprilia."
Sylvain Guintoli, still held back by the effects of the injury to his shoulder which conditioned the second part of his season, had to be give up on his attack for a podium finish in race 1 as he was slower than the front runners and his race ended with a strong fourth place finish. He made up for it in race 2 where he confidently controlled his third position, holding onto it and finishing on the podium.
Sylvain Guintoli: "This season was fantastic. I battled for the Championship in my rookie year on a new bike. Unfortunately after my shoulder injury there was just something missing and in the second part of the season I definitely was not at 100%. In any case the experience gained will be fundamental in 2014. As is always the case when you don't win you think about improving next year. Today, especially in Race2, I tried to keep up with Eugene and Tom but I just didn't have the pace and the strength to do it. This ends a really great season for me with a great team and a great team mate who gave me a run for my money. Now I'll be thinking about recovering physically and preparing for the next championship".
The wins at Jerez gave Aprilia the 2013 Superbike Manufacturer World Championship Title. This is the fifth Championship win for the Italian brand in the last four years of WSBK and the second in a row for the Manufacturer title. It is also Championship Title number 52 in Aprilia's history.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager: "The Manufacturer title is an important affirmation which is the merit of a perfect team and two riders who had an extraordinary season. It is rare to have two such important talents in the garage in the same season. Laverty and Guintoli have been in the battle for the world title since the first round. Laverty's 9 wins are proof that he has added sports experience and consistent results to his natural speed. Guintoli led the championship for most of the season thanks to consistently exceptional performance and we thank them for the Manufacturer title that we won today".
APRILIA WORLD SUPERBIKE 2013 MANUFACTURER CHAMPION.
IT IS THE BRAND THAT HOLDS THE ITALIAN COLOURS HIGH IN MOTORSPORTS THIS SEASON.
THIS IS APRILIA'S FIFTH TITLE IN SBK IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER 52 FOR THE ITALIAN BRAND.
APRILIA DOMINATES THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 550 AGAINST KAWSAKI'S 501, 443 FOR BMW, SUZUKI AT 243, HONDA WITH 236, 185 FOR DUCATI AND YAMAHA 8.
LAVERTY AND GUINTOLI FINISH THE SEASON IN SECOND AND THIRD PLACE IN THE RIDER STANDINGS.
Jerez (Spain), 20 October 2013 - After dominating the standings for the entire season, starting from the extraordinary Phillip Island round where the took five of the six spots on the podium up for grabs, Aprilia is crowned 2013 World Superbike Manufacturer World Champion.
With the title earned today Aprilia holds the Italian colours high in the 2013 world motorsports season. The manufacturer from Noale is now at 5 world championship victories in Superbike in the last four years and increases its extraordinary collection to 52 world titles in just over twenty years.
With 10 wins (9 for Laverty, 1 for Guintoli) and 26 total podiums, the Italian manufacturer chocked up 550 points against Kawasaki's 501, 443 for BMW, 243 for Suzuki, 236 for Honda, 185 for Ducati and 8 for Yamaha. This is peremptory confirmation of the Italian 4 cylinder Aprilia RSV4's superiority.
The competitiveness of the RSV4 is confirmed by the "satellite" team results, taking three podiums (two for Giugliano, one for Fabrizio) and one pole position.
Aprilia's extraordinary result was built in five years of continuous commitment from it's rookie year in 2009, earning the double Rider-Manufacturer title in 2010 and 2012. The experience gained by the Italian Superbike has allowed all the riders to consistently achieve important results on tracks with various characteristics and in extremely variable conditions.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, expressed all of his satisfaction in a result that rewards an extraordinary work group:
"The Manufacturer Championship title is an extremely valuable wreath that has various significance. It is a testament of design excellence, the design of our RSV4 which has dominated on the track for years. This product is an all-Italian pride.
For me, after leading development of the RSV4 street version with our engineers, it is always very exciting to see it win a world title on the track.
This year we participated in the definitive consecration of the RSV4 as the best new generation super sport bike. The consistent performance demonstrated by all the riders, both Laverty and Guintoli on the factory team and the satellite Althea Team and Red Devils riders, has led Aprilia to dominate the Manufacturer Standings from the first to the last race and has allowed both our official riders to compete for the Rider Title down to the last race. As Manager of the Piaggio Group Motorbike Technical Centre I am doubly pleased, since the RSV4 is a product conceived a created out of the cooperation between street bike design/production and the Noale racing department. So this is an all-Italian gem that wins on tracks and provides unique sensations for fans on the road every day.
This round at Jerez is my first one as Aprilia Racing manager, so the praise and my thanks can only go to those who, on every level, worked on this extraordinary project, making it victorious for so many seasons."
The new Aprilia Racing adventure in World Superbike began in 2009 with the development of the innovative RSV4. With its exclusive 65 degree V engine and a chassis derived from years of racing experience, the Aprilia Superbike marked a turning point in the super sport bike world. Capable of winning even in its rookie season, the RSV4 earned the double World Championship in 2010, the first time in history for an Italian rider on an Italian bike and a result which was then repeated in 2012.
And so, the Aprilia title collection in World Superbike includes five World Titles (2 Rider, 3 Manufacturer) with 38 wins and the impressive figure of 93 podiums, in addition to 16 pole positions.
In all Aprilia boasts 52 World Titles (38 in MotoGP, 5 in Superbike and 9 in off-road disciplines) which make it one of the most victorious brands ever in motorcycle competitions.
A difficult end to the season for Team SBK Ducati Alstare today at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Sunday 20 October 2013: an unlucky day for Team SBK Ducati Alstare, taking part in today's final races of the 2013 World Superbike championship at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Xavi Forés closed his first Superbike race on board the Panigale in ninth position while Ayrton Badovini took a thirteenth place finish. Unfortunately neither Ducati Alstare rider was able to complete more than two laps of the second race.
Race 1 - starting from eighth on the grid, Forés made a good start to the 21-lap race on board his Panigale and by the mid-race point he was in tenth position. Having passed Aitchison, and finding a good rhythm especially in the final stages of the race, he pushed to chase Camier, closing the gap but not quite able to reach the English rider immediately ahead of him. Xavi therefore closed the race in final ninth place. Badovini, starting from thirteenth, was up to eleventh after lap one. By mid-race he was in twelfth place but, losing a little of his pace in the final stages due to some grip issues, he crossed the line in final thirteenth position.
Race 2 - Forés made another good start but his race came to an almost immediate end when another rider made contact through the first corner, pushing him off track and into the gravel. Unfortunately, he was unable to return to the track, though luckily the Spaniard was uninjured in the fall. Badovini was equally unlucky in today's second race. During the course of lap one he realised that he had a traction issue, and due to a serious lack of grip, and, having risked crashing more than once, he decided to return to the garage to see what was wrong. He was unfortunately unable to return to the race.
Ayrton Badovini: "All weekend we have been suffering from a lack of grip. In the first race we did all we could but we had some problems. So we made changes for the second but I could tell straight away that something was wrong and having risked crashing a couple of times, I decided it was best to come back to the garage and check nothing was really wrong. A pity because without this problem we could have closed the season with a good result."
Xavi Forés: "The first race wasn't easy but it didn't go too badly. A lack of confidence stopped me pushing to reach the group in front at the start but once I got past Aitchison, I was able to push harder in the latter stages, I had a better feeling with the bike but I needed a couple of extra laps to be able to reach those I front. The second turned out to be a very short race for me, a real pity. I didn't get off to a bad start but at the first corner I felt someone hit the bike and I was down, there was nothing I could do. Anyway, all things considered, it's been a positive weekend for me, in that we improved with each exit we made. I thank everyone, Ducati and Team Ducati Alstare, for the opportunity they've given me this weekend and now I'll get back to concentrating on the Spanish championship, where we still have two events to run."